So it is the time of year to renew memberships, and I am VERY happy to not be renewing my USEF membership for the 2011 show year. I am not planning on doing any recognized shows this year, and while some organizations I will pay dues for no matter what, I do not feel that way about the USEF. I HATE the fact that they have set up the showing system in such a way that you are penalized for not being a USEF member. They will literally charge you a fee if you are not a member of their organization.
To me it reminds me of the old time Trusts. If you want something (to show Recognized) you have to pay for that service (become a member of USEF). At least AT&T and other companies had some competition. USEF doesn’t even have that. It is $55 wasted in my book because as an adult amateur I get nothing from USEF. They go on and on about their member perk program, but since I don’t own a farm I can’t see myself buying a tractor any time soon, nor can I afford to travel enough to make their hotel discounts worthwhile. I would never be eligible for a USEF award since they hardly give out any for dressage and those that they do are for high level riders.
I don’t even like their USEF magazine (Equestrian) so even that does not make the money I pay worthwhile. I feel like I pay in to something and I never get anything back. The penalty for not being a USEF member is $20 a show. What is worse is that USDF wont let you be eligible for their awards unless you are a USEF member. I am very excited to not be a part of this corrupt system anymore. You shouldn’t have to pay for a group you don’t believe in, so now I don’t have to and that makes me very excited!